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  • Writer's pictureGuilherme (Gui) Athia

Governance as the Bedrock of Trust.

The arrest of Sam Bankman-Fried, prominently associated with FTX, has reverberated across the world, starkly highlighting a critical lesson: the irreplaceable role of governance in ensuring trust and sustainability.

Here’s how FTX’s downfall serves as a cautionary tale about the grave consequences of neglecting governance:

01. Centralised Decision-Making:

The absence of a decentralised authority structure within FTX meant that power was unchecked, with pivotal decisions resting in the hands of a single individual. This centralisation poses inherent risks to transparency and accountability.

02. Transparency is Non-Negotiable:

The opaque operations at FTX left investors, employees, and the broader community in the dark, eroding the trust so vital in the volatile domain of cryptocurrency.

03. The Echoes of Silence:

The lack of probing questions from both within and outside FTX is telling. It underscores that in the tech world, inquiry and scepticism are not merely rights; they are duties.

04. Governance as the Bedrock of Trust:

For all firms, robust governance frameworks are not a luxury. They are essential to fostering trust, investor confidence, and long-term sustainability.

Reflecting on my journey through the nexus of governance, stakeholders, and trust across various sectors and geographies, the unraveling of FTX has been a poignant reminder. It illustrates that innovation, absent the foundation of solid governance and ethical leadership, is akin to a house of cards, susceptible to even the slightest adversities.

This episode serves as a clarion call to all in the tech industry: prioritise governance as a cornerstone of your operations. The road to breakthrough innovation and market leadership is paved with the principles of transparency, accountability, and ethical decision-making.

I’m keen to hear your perspectives. How do you envisage governance shaping the future of technology and innovation? Share your views below and let’s engage in a meaningful dialogue on steering our industry towards a more trustworthy and sustainable future.


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